President Donald Trump on Tuesday announced that the U.K. has asked the United States for 200 “desperately needed” ventilators due to a shortage amid the coronavirus crisis.
“I don’t think we’ll need them,” Trump said of the potential shortage. “Hopefully we won’t need them. I don’t think we’ll need anything near them. We’ll have them for the future and we’ll also be able to help other countries.”
“The UK called today and they wanted to know if it would be possible to get 200 (ventilators) and we’re going to work it out, we’ve got to work it out,” the president announced.
“They’ve been great partners – United Kingdom – and we’re gonna work it out for them,” he said, suggesting that he will send over 200 ventilators.
“So they wanted 200 and they needed them desperately,” Trump added.
As state governors plead with Trump to do more to help them, Trump says he's sending ventilators to the UK pic.twitter.com/pVe5urk8RB
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that coronavirus modeling projects his state will run out of ventilators on April 9 and hospital beds on April 11.
On UK PM Boris Johnson’s stay in intensive care, Trump added: “We pray for Prime Minister Boris Johnson. He’s become a great friend of ours.
“He loves his country but he loves the USA and he has always been very good to us,” he said. “Whenever we have had difficulty he has been with us and we appreciate it.”